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Eau Claire art community loses prominent leader

Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Chippewa Valley art community is saying goodbye to a prominent leader.

Janet Carson passed away at 93 years old and local artists say she had a huge influence on the arts in town.

Carson volunteered at the Chippewa Valley Museum and taught art classes at UW-Eau Claire for 26 years.

After retiring in 1991, she focused on watercolor painting.

She also raised money to renovate a gallery at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center, which was later renamed the Janet Carson Gallery.

Rose Dolan-Neill with the Pablo Center worked with Carson for six years. She said Carson had an incredible eye for detail both in art and in life.

“If there was a little smudge on the white wall, she came directly to me and told me that I needed to fix it, and I absolutely did, always,” Dolan-Neill said. “She had a presence and knew how to get things done.”

Although the Janet Carson Gallery is no longer around, her memory will live on through her paintings.

All four pieces of her artwork from the Carson Gallery will be a part of a permanent collection at the Pablo Center.

Katrina Lim

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